From Realtà Mapei n° 37 - 2023-11-09

Extraordinary Products for "Beautiful" Towers

MAPEI supplies premium products for a premier project
Overview: Products from MAPEI’s Concrete Restoration Systems line were crucial in the construction of new-build twin towers of refined estate homes and penthouse residences built within the scenic West End section of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mirabel towers


The name “Mirabel” stems from the Latin word mirabilis, meaning “wondrous” or “of wondrous beauty.” When developer Marcon Construction in 2017 chose that name for its twin-tower condominium project that is located within the West End section of Vancouver, the bar was set high.

The corner of Vancouver’s Davie and Broughton streets had been the site of two aging apartment buildings. By 2021, the site’s transformation into a complex with two neighboring 18- and 19-storey buildings – comprising 153 luxury units and 68 social-housing units – was complete.

Dave Randall, MAPEI Business Development Manager for Western Canada, and his colleague, MAPEI sales representative Anthony Petrunia, served as MAPEI coordinators on the project, which entailed the use of products within an area covering 89,000 square feet (8 268 m²) altogether.

“Many different MAPEI products were used on this project,” Randall said. “This twin-tower design is very modern and is in a beautiful area of Vancouver. It greatly improved the neighborhood.”

MAPEI on the job

Once the main structure was erected, Marcon’s crews used products from the Concrete Restoration Systems line to prepare concrete slabs and help form exterior balconies. These products included Topcem Premix screed mortar, Mapecem Quickpatch concrete patch for filling larger voids and Planitop X repair mortar for vertical surfaces. Planigrout 755 construction grout also was used where needed.

Installers from Robertson Floors Ltd. took over at that point. The concrete slabs were verified to an International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) concrete surface profile (CSP) of #2. Areas needing leveling were then coated with Primer L advanced-technology, acrylic latex primer to enhance the adhesion of Novoplan 2 Plus high-strength, cement-based self-leveling underlayment.

No modern residential high-rise is complete without adequate sound reduction to maintain a peaceful living environment, and the luxury residences of the Mirabel are no exception. So the next step was to install MAPEI’s “3-in-1” answer for crack isolation, waterproofing and sound reduction: Mapeguard 2.

Mapeguard 2 not only helps to prevent existing or future in-plane floor cracks, but also reduces the transmission of impact sound (footsteps, dropped objects, etc.) and airborne sound (voice, TV, etc.) through floors when installed under ceramic tile, stone or wood floor coverings. To keep the installation on schedule, the team from Robertson Floors was able to make quick work of this stage, by reaching for the versatile and fast-drying MAPEI SM Primer to bond the Mapeguard 2 membranes onto the leveled substrates.

Wet areas

Quick-drying, premium Mapelastic AquaDefense advanced, liquid-rubber waterproofing membrane was applied over bathroom walls before they were tiled to provide a thin, continuous barrier to protect adjacent rooms and floors below from water damage. Interior designer Alda Pereira specified natural marble for wall and floor tiles in the condominium units; they were set using Keraflex SG polymer-modified mortar, which is formulated to be nonsag for walls and nonslump for floors. Additionally, its smooth consistency due to MAPEI’s Easy Glide Technology helped make application quick and easy.

Interior-lobby floor tile

The main lobby floors were tiled using Ultraflex RS premium, rapid-setting thin-set mortar, which has a high content of unique dry polymer that results in excellent adhesion to the substrate and tile. Ultraflex RS is formulated with MAPEI’s proprietary High-Hydrated Cement Technology (HCT), which offers superior drying-out characteristics for quick curing and does not contribute to efflorescence.

All tile grouting was completed using polymer-modified Ultracolor Plus FA grout, which is formulated with DropEffect technology to reduce surface absorption and help repel water, dirt and grime from penetrating grout joints. This grout also maintains color consistency and inhibits efflorescence for easy maintenance. Finally, Mapesil T 100%-silicone sealant was used for expansion/movement joints.

As an added benefit, all products used in this project were third-party tested and third-party certified for low VOC content and low VOC emissions. As a result, the products achieved Indoor Advantage Gold certification from SCS Global Services to meet California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.2-2017. The testing of these products is the most stringent type of testing that is available in North America.

Novoplan 2 Plus is also Red List Free, having been verified per the most current Red List on the Website for the Living Building Challenge (LBC).

With final touches such as imported Italian cabinetry and built-in wall safes in the luxury units, the new towers are truly an upgrade over the nondescript, low-rise apartments that they replaced. With the use of so many FastTrack Ready and high-end MAPEI products, the Mirabel towers were completed in 2021. Their “wondrous beauty” is a sight to behold – almost as much as the striking views of the Rocky Mountains that they provide to their new residents.

TECHNICAL DATA
Mirabel towers  – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Years of construction: 2020-2021
Year of MAPEI involvement: 2021
MAPEI coordinators: Dave Randall and Anthony Petrunia
Project owner: Marcon Construction
Architects: Richard Henriquez and Alda Pereira (interiors)
General contractor: Marcon Construction
Installer: Robertson Floors Ltd.
MAPEI distributors: Prosol Inc. and Central Concrete Accessories
Photographers: Take Off Photography and Luke Potter Photography
Project size: 89,000 sq. ft. (8 268 m2)
Challenges: A selling point for the developer was the proximity of the project to the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and the Strait of Georgia. To that end, architect Richard Henriquez’s plans called for large, sweeping balconies jutting out from each of the condo apartments. The use of MAPEI’s Planitop X cementitious repair mortar for vertical surfaces was essential to completing their construction to specification.
MAPEI products: Keraflex SG, Mapecem Quickpatch, Mapeguard 2, MAPEI SM Primer, Mapelastic AquaDefense, Mapesil T, Novoplan 2 Plus, Planigrout 755, Planitop X, Primer L, Topcem Premix, Ultracolor Plus FA, Ultraflex RS

Products mentioned in the article

Keraflex SG
Keraflex SG
Standard, Extra Smooth, Large-and-Heavy-Tile Mortar with Polymer Keraflex SG is a standard-grade, versatile, large-and-heavy-tile mortar…
Mapecem Quickpatch
Mapecem Quickpatch
Mapecem Quickpatch is a high-performance, fast-setting, cementitious material used for the patching of concrete surfaces. This product…
Mapeguard 2
Mapeguard 2
Mapeguard 2 is a next-generation, flexible, thin, 40-mil (1-mm) lightweight, load-bearing, fabric-reinforced “peel-and-stick”…
MAPEI SM Primer
MAPEI SM Primer
MAPEI SM Primer is a ready-to-use, fast-drying, water-based, latex primer for use under MAPEI’s peel-and-stick sheet membranes on…
Mapelastic AquaDefense
Mapelastic AquaDefense
Premium Waterproofing and Crack-Isolation Membrane Mapelastic AquaDefense is a premixed, advanced liquid-rubber, extremely quick-drying…
Mapesil T Plus
Mapesil T Plus
100%-Silicone Sealant with Enhanced Adhesion for Heavy Traffic and Expansion/Movement Joints Mapesil T Plus is a professional-grade,…
Novoplan 2 Plus
Novoplan 2 Plus
Professional, Self-Leveling Underlayment Novoplan 2 Plus is a high-strength, self-leveling, cement-based underlayment and repair mix for…
Planigrout 755
Planigrout 755
Planigrout 755 is a one-component, nonmetallic, nonstaining, nonshrinking, cementitious construction grout consisting of select fine…
Planitop X
Planitop X
One-Component, Fast-Setting, Fiber-Reinforced, Vertical and Overhead Repair Mortar Planitop X is a one-component, fiber-reinforced,…
Primer L
Primer L
Advanced-Technology, Acrylic Latex Primer for Concrete Primer L is a concentrated, solvent-free acrylic primer used before the…
Topcem Premix
Topcem Premix
Topcem Premix is an accelerated-cure screed mortar suitable for bonded as well as unbonded applications. Topcem Premix can easily be…
Ultracolor Plus FA
Ultracolor Plus FA
Rapid-Setting, “All-in-One” Grout Replacement for Sanded and Unsanded Grouts Ultracolor Plus FA – with DropEffect ™ technology and CO 2…
Ultraflex RS
Ultraflex RS
Premium, Rapid-Setting Tile Mortar with Polymer Ultraflex RS is a premium-grade, single-component, high-performance, polymer-modified…

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